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Resources for health professionals

Resources for health professionals

We have collaborated with Amgen and an expert group to gather, review and share educational material that is culturally sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our focus is on reviewing resources promoting healthy lifestyle and cardiovascular disease risk reduction, but with a kidney focus. The materials approved by our expert group were judged as being quality resources, and many are free and downloadable.

Most of the resources listed below use graphics to tell simple stories. They may also be appropriate for patients who speak English as a second language.

Please be advised that some of the resources may contain images and voices of people who have died.

‘Kidney Stories’ Toolkit

This high-quality series of flipcharts features culturally sensitive drawings that tell simple stories. The topics in the series are:

Also available is a series of posters:

The flipcharts and posters are designed to aid in answering patients’ questions and explaining more where needed. DVDs are also available.

The ’Kidney Stories’ materials are produced by NT Renal Services. For more information phone Susan Poppe on 08 8999 2406 or email susan.poppe@nt.gov.au.

The toolkit is also available from Darwin University Print Shop. Phone Scott Chamberlain on 08 8946 6300, email uniprint@cdu.edu.au or visit www.cdu.edu.au

‘Kidney Health Discovery: The Kidneys'

We have produced this series of flipcharts in partnership with Amgen for patient education. They contain detailed information presented in a simple and engaging way. The flipcharts allow translation by an interpreter in the patient’s language as the story unfolds.

The series can be downloaded.

For a hard copy or further information you can phone the Renal Resource Centre on freecall 1800 257 189 or email renalresource@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au

‘Keep culture, life & family strong – know early about diabetes’

This resource package, produced by Healthy Living NT in conjunction with Diabetes Australia, is designed for providing information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about healthy living practices and managing diabetes, a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease.

The package includes:

  • Good food for diabetes – Flipchart
  • Good food for diabetes – Booklet
  • How do you feel? – Symptoms
  • What is it? – About diabetes
  • What do I do? – Management
  • What do I take for medicine? – Medications
  • Why me? – Risk factors
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • How do you feel? – A2 full colour poster
  • Keep your feet healthy – A4 flip chart
  • Keep families strong one tucker, one family – A3 and A4 flip charts

See more about this resource.

‘Our pathway to living longer’

This extensive education resource, produced by the WA Office of Aboriginal Health and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services, contains 31 flipcharts about the heart, stroke and diabetes. The topics include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Smoking and the heart 
  • Goals of healthy eating 
  • Healthy body weight 
  • Healthy food alternatives 
  • Reading food labels 
  • Example meal plan 
  • Food for thought and diabetes 
  • What type am I? 
  • Complications of Diabetes 
  • Your diabetes medication
  • Blood glucose levels
  • Physical activity and diabetes 
  • Stress and diabetes

For copies, contact Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services, WA Office of Aboriginal Health, 156 Wittenoom St, East Perth 6004. Phone 08 9421 3888 or fax 08 9421 3884.

You can see more about the work of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services.

Hypertension resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Heart Foundation, in partnership with the National Prescribing Service (NPS), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, has developed a high-quality package of patient education resources about hypertension.

The resources include a flip chart, patient brochure and five flyers for patients and their families to take home. The material (which can be downloaded here) includes:

Hard copies can ordered from the NPS by completing their order form, which can be downloaded.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health education images

The Centre for Chronic Disease at the University of Queensland has produced a series of simple, culturally sensitive images to represent healthy lifestyle choices.

The slides use easy-to-read words and allow images to tell the story. They are designed to be used in education sessions led by a health professional.

You can find out more by emailing Professor Wendy Hoy, Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease at w.hoy@uq.edu.au.

‘Balanda Life Stories’

This series of books is produced with an appealing combination of photography and graphics to tell stories about anatomy and physiology as educational tools. Designed to be used as dialogue starters, the text has been kept to a minimum.

The topics are:

  • ‘About your circulation’, which can be downloaded.
  • ‘How our kidneys work’, which can be downloaded.
  • Note the files are very large and open slowly.

Hard copies can be ordered by emailing bryce.anbins-king@cdu.edu.au

Permission to reprint Balanda Life Stories can be requested from Barbara Beacham, Program Manager, Primary Health Care, Health Systems Workforce, Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health by phoning 08 8132 6312 or emailing Barbara.beacham@crcah.org.au.

Kimberley Renal Support Services

Kimberley Renal Support Services, part of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, provides educational resources including posters and publications and other useful information.

You can see a list of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources.

They have compiled a list of Kimberley regional dialysis centres, which you can see.

For further information, phone the Kimberley Renal Support Services manager, Jenny Cutter, on 08 9194 3200 or 0411 759 921 or email kamsc@kamsc.org.au.

You can see more about the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council.

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